After Shave Splash Endurance Tests

    by Renato Alessio, 21 August 2001

    My aftershave splash endurance trial was conducted in the same manner as my aftershave balm trial. The method was to put the splash on my wrist, and smell it every so often. The splashes were trickier to categorise, as many put out a burst of fragrance before dropping to a lower level. The lower level could last for either short or long lengths of time. The balms had been more linear in their drop off.

    The aftershave splashes' scents generally last one to one and a half hours more than their aftershave balm counterparts.


    Super strong after shave

    Joop! Homme

    Strong @ 3hrs, Strong@ 8 hrs. Still there @16hrs,(despite having gone through a swimming pool. spa and sauna).



    Strong after shave

    Fendi Life Essence

    Strong @3hrs, Strongish@5hrs, Weakish@8hrs



    Strong @3hrs, Strongish@5hrs, Moderate@6hrs


    Burberry for Men

    Strong @3hrs, Weakish@9hrs


    Dior Fahrenheit

    Strong @3hrs, Weakish@9hrs


    Davidoff Goodlife

    Strong@3hrs Strongish@5hrs Weakish@9hrs.


    Xeryus Rouge

    Strong @ 3hrs, Weakish@ 5hrs, Weak@9hrs



    Average strength after shave

    Dior Dune for Men

    Strong @3hrs, Weak@5hrs, Weak@6hrs


    YSL Opium for Men

    Strong @2hrs, Strongish@3.5hrs, Weaker@4.5hrs



    A bit below average strength after shave

    Boss Elements

    Strong @2hrs, Weak@3hrs, Very Weak@9hrs



    Strong @2hrs, Weak@3.5hrs, Weaker@5hrs


    Paco Rabanne pour Homme

    Strong @2hrs, Slightly Weaker @3hrs, Gone@5hr


    Chopard Heaven

    Strong@2hrs Weak @3hrs Very weak@5hrs


    Eau de Rochas

    Strongish@2hrs, Weak@3hrs, Very Weak@5hrs



    Weak strength After shave

    Lagerfeld Jako

    Weak@2hrs, Still there at 14hrs


    Herrera 212 for Men

    Weakish@2hrs, Weak@3hrs, Very Weak@5hrs


    Tiffany for Men

    Weakish @2hrs, Weak@3.5hrs, Very Weak@5hrs


    Carven Vetiver

    Very Weak@2hrs, Very Weak@4hrs


    Drakkar Noir

    Weak@1.5hrs, Almost Gone @ 3hrs


    Safari for Men

    Weak@ 2hrs, Gone@3hrs



    "Is this fragrance free?..." after shave

    XS Pour Homme

    Weak @1hr, Almost Gone @2hrs


    Eau Sauvage

    Very weak @1hr


    For comparison purposes,Vetiver Guerlain Cologne (not the EDT) - Weak @2hrs, Very Very Weak @ 9hrs


    1. There are several schools of thought regarding fragrance on men's faces. Some men only wear aftershave. Others prefer wearing Eau De Toilette (EDT) on their bodies, and only applying a light aftershave on their faces (or none at all). The difference in strengths outlined above should be seen in that light, rather than as any inherent criticism of their relative strengths.
    2. The only decent aftershave splash I've ever used is Mennen Skin Bracer. It may be a splash, but it is nearly as good as a balm. It's a shame that aftershave makers haven't followed Mennen's lead in this, preferring to stick to the tried and tested non-soothing, stinging formulas.
    3. The stronger aftershave splashes listed above, are at cologne strength. So they can be used as colognes if one wishes - they tend to last an hour longer than listed when applied under clothing.
    4. If you react badly to A/S splash, but you want the stronger fragrance of the A/S splash on your face, or you want to use one that you got as a present, all is not lost. Just apply a fragrance neutral balm like Nivea for Men - Extra Sensitive, wait 10 or 15 minutes, then apply the splash.
    5. Some aftershave lotions are sold as more expensive sprays rather than splashes. For example, the 50ml Drakkar Noir spray bottle costs as much as the 100ml splash one. The advantages of sprays are, a. that the fragrance doesn't deteriorate with the opening and closing of the bottle and, b. that you don't waste lots of it from its running through your fingers and getting stuck on hands. You can achieve the same result by either buying an atomiser for your splash or, looking around the house for a pump spray bottle to do the same. I've found that those little pump bottles filled with eyeglass cleaning fluid are ideal - since the spray is a bit more directed.
    6. If your A/S splash is too weak for you, and you have the EDT (a common occurrence with gift sets) you can always spray some EDT into the splash bottle to bump it's strength up a bit.
    end of article


    From the Basenotes Fragrance Directory

    The following fragrances and houses are mentioned in this article. (In order of appearance...)

    Joop! Homme by Joop! (1989).
    Life Essence by Fendi (1996).
    Aramis by Aramis (1965).
    Burberry for Men by Burberry (1995).
    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior (1988).
    Good Life by Davidoff (1998).
    Xeryus Rouge by Givenchy (1995).
    Elements by Hugo Boss (1993).
    Kiton Men by Kiton (1996).
    Paco Rabanne pour Homme by Paco Rabanne (1973).
    Heaven by Chopard (1994).
    Eau de Rochas Homme by Rochas (1993).
    Jako by Lagerfeld (1997).
    212 Men by Carolina Herrera (1999).
    Tiffany for Men by Tiffany (1989).
    Vétiver by Carven (1957).
    Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982).
    Safari for Men by Ralph Lauren (1992).
    XS pour Homme by Paco Rabanne (1993).
    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior (1966).
    Skin Bracer by Mennen (1931).

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